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New Orleans, Better Than Ezra, & Krewe of Rocckus

We discovered New Orleans twelve years ago when Logan started law school at Tulane.  It is without question one of our favorite cities in the entire world.  After he graduated in 2002, we continued to go back every year, until a certain someone was born in 2007.  Since then, we have only been once, and that was two years ago right after Hurricane Gustav spared the Crescent City.  We were in desperate need of a visit.  

So when we learned that our favorite band–Better Than Ezra–was playing host to a Mardi Gras party–the Krewe of Rocckus–well, we booked the trip right away.  From the first po boy to the final night’s concert, here is a look at our whirlwind excursion in the Big Easy.  Laissez les bon temp rouler!
 

Our first afternoon started out with lunch at Mother’s and then a drive down to the Garden District and into Uptown.    We walked around for a couple hours, checked out some of our favorite haunts, street corners, and, of course, Tulane’s campus.

 

 

 

A New Orleans visit is never complete without a trip to  Jacques-Imo’s Cafe , where we met up with friends, Adam and Valerie.  We happily gorged ourselves on all likes of Cajun cuisine, from the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake and cornbread muffins to  the mushroom stuffed fish and collared greens.  And, of course, we finished the meal with bread pudding.

Thursday night, we met up with our hosts, Kevin, Tom, Michael, and Jim from Better Than Ezra, at Lucy’s Retired Surfer bar to take in the  Krewe of Muses  parade.

Friday morning consisted of some yummy coffee and a 4 mile run through the French Quarter.  The only healthy thing we did all weekend.  🙂

 

Friday morning, the boys from BTE, along with celebrity chef, John Besh, hosted a welcome brunch and  bloody mary contest at Harrah’s Casino.  

After enjoying shrimp and grits, crab-stuffed shells, and blue cheese sliders, the band hit the stage for four song mini-concert.  (And a big thank you to Tyler Kaufman Photography for these next two shots!) 

Yep, that’s Logan up on stage.  They were talking about him playing This Time of Year with them at the House of Blues concert later that night.   It ended up not happening but it still was a fun idea.   If they ever want someone to do it again, he’s the man.   It’s one of our favorite songs and he plays it beautifully–on the guitar or the piano.  ♥  

Later that day, we met up with the Krewe at Capdeville for drinks and a second line march through the Warehouse district led by New Wave Brass Band and the Mardi Gras Indians

Thank you again to Tyler Kaufman for these next four shots.  (I was too busy dancing down the street to pull out my camera!)

 

 

After marching down St. Charles Avenue, we arrived at Michaul’s for another smogasbord of creole goodness, followed by front row seats to the Krewe of Hermes parade.

 

 

And then came the Friday night BTE concert at House of Blues.  They played the entire Deluxe album from beginning to end–including the hidden track!  AWESOME!!!!

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon, the band had reserved the entire second floor–and balcony–at Tropicle Isle on Bourbon Street.  It may have been raining, but it did nothing to dampen our spirits.  We enjoyed copious libations and continued the onslaught of all foods fried, buttered, and drenched in sauce.

 

The Legendary Adam H, formerly the Instrumentalist of the insanely influential pop/rock group Prop-uh-ganda, is my new favorite person to photograph.

Saturday night, we snagged hot sausage burgers at Red Eye Grill.   And this guy.  Oh man.  We watched him for a while.  Not sure what he was on but he gave us some good laughs.    

And then we realized he had more than just his shirt off.   BEST laugh all weekend.   Very glad we already ate our burgers.  🙂

And finally, the main event–a full-on Better Than Ezra Mardi Gras show at House of Blues in the French Quarter. Absolutely AWESOME!

And then it was over.  Back home to the real world.  

While we will miss the Big Easy, we missed this little boy a whole lot more!  It’s good to be home.

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